Trade Martin in 1966
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter and producer|
Martin worked with Johnny Power in the late 1950s, recording as Johnny & the Jokers and together launching the label Rome Records, active from 1960 to 1962. The label signed the groups The Earls, Del & the Escorts, and The Glens. On many of these recordings, Martin played all of the backing instruments, overdubbing them track by track. Martin also released some solo material on Coed Records, including the 1962 hit "That Stranger Used to Be My Girl", a #28 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. He released several further singles on Roulette Records and other labels in the 1960s and an LP entitled Let Me Touch You on Buddah Records in 1972.
Martin spent nearly thirty years in production and arrangement, doing work from the 1960s girl group era through to 1980s pop. Among his credits are songs by Eric Andersen, Ellie Greenwich, Lesley Gore, The Tokens, Ian & Sylvia, Ricky Nelson, B.T. Express, Pam Russo, and Solomon Burke. He also wrote a number of songs covered by noted acts, including "Take Me for a Little While" (Evie Sands, Jackie Ross, Dusty Springfield, Vanilla Fudge), "Peace to the World" (B. B. King), , which won a Grammy, and "Don't You Double Cross Me" (Dave Edmunds).
In January 2011, rights-management firm Beach Road Music, LLC, content-owner of the Coed Records' catalog, re-released a digitally re-mastered version of Martin's 1964 Coed single "Liverpool Baby" on the compilation album From The Vault: The Coed Records Lost Master Tapes, Volume 1.
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- Allocca, Sean. "What's old is new; Community theater group returns to the township", Hudson Reporter, June 20, 2010. Accessed February 6, 2013. "Trade Martin, who has lived in the township for over 45 years, has collaborated on several projects for the blues legend B.B. King and written music for such recording greats as Cher, Patti LaBelle, Dusty Springfield, Vanilla Fudge and Dave Edmunds."